Music: Special Maqam Music Class with Master Vocalist Youssef Kassab

Tue, March 16, 2010 7:30 pm at Alwan for the Arts

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Youssef Kassab, an unparalleled master vocalist within classical Egyptian and Syrian genres, has also mentored and taught many of the finest performers of Arabic music within the United States. In this class, he will teach Maqam Rast, through songs, as well as improvisatory phrases on "Ya Leil"

Class Fee: $25 (NOTE: This fee cannot be used in conjunction with regular monthly maqam class price)

This class is part of Sami Abu Shumays' series of Maqam Classes regularly held at Alwan every Tuesday evening.

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Originally from Syria, Youssef Kassab began learning the oud and studying voice with his uncle at an early age. He continued his studies at the Damascus Conservatory, specializing in qanun (zither) and classical Arabic music vocal repertoire. There he recorded and performed with the Syrian Radio Orchestra as a vocalist.

In 1970 he moved to New York where he has been performing in concerts and festivals throughout the United States and Central America. In 1982 he joined the Near Eastern Music Ensemble as a principal vocalist. Youssef Kassab is one of the master performers of classical forms such as the Arabic Muwashshahat (classical Arabic/Andalusian vocal music), Al-Qudud Al-Halabiyya (traditional vocal repertoire from Aleppo, Syria), and 19th and early 20th century Egyptian vocal music.

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Last updated: 2010-03-15 14:35:22

Youssef Kassab
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